‘Mal’ by Anita Pati

Mal Them dogs won’t touch us three. On Pendle Hill, no wind can whip us, no brack of clouds from Chorley pall us. Look. Dogs here are bogbounce happy, kiddies snuffing balls and whatnot near Malkin, families tripping from the corrugated towns. They skirl around me, my own dog Whistler: springer spaniels, border collies, Sunday walkers flush-cheeked fed. Proud marchers in their slimy wellies, clodding … Continue reading ‘Mal’ by Anita Pati

Deathflake by Paul Stephenson

    (Deathflake was previously published in Under the Radar magazine).   Paul Stephenson was one of the winners of the 2014/15 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition. His first pamphlet will be published by Smith Doorstop in May. He was previously a Jerwood/Arvon mentee in 2013/14, and in 2012 won second prize in the Troubadour International poetry competition. Originally from Cambridge, he currently lives … Continue reading Deathflake by Paul Stephenson

‘Mammy’s Dress’ by Stevie Ronnie

  Mammy’s Dress There’s comfort in the fading of her dress; each picnic folded into each pelt of rain that’s laundered it simple like infinity accepted as true. This dress dances on a woollen rope strung between two silver birch. The gap in the wall to the burn (today it is full with trickle souls). Mammy through a wicket on the left with a thimble … Continue reading ‘Mammy’s Dress’ by Stevie Ronnie